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Stage 20, Napoli - Anagni, 203km

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Zoncolan said:
By the way, I think LA might get a top 5 in the TT tomorrow.

Coincidentally Eki said today: "Armstrong can finish in the top 5 at the Tour, perhaps even the podium."

Good bike handler, but may be gun shy in the rain, given his fall yesterday and rain, and TT with many sharp turns, cobblestones.
 
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Parrot23 said:
Coincidentally Eki said today: "Armstrong can finish in the top 5 at the Tour, perhaps even the podium."

Good bike handler, but may be gun shy in the rain, given his fall yesterday and rain, and many sharp turns, cobblestones.

I would have to agree, top 5, maybe even podium.
No amount of Ferrari fuel or JB's magic potion #whatever can win him another Tour.
He can be just about good enough to make a mess of Astana's bid to win the Tour.
 
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Zoncolan said:
No amount of Ferrari fuel or JB's magic potion #whatever can win him another Tour. He can be just about good enough to make a mess of Astana's bid to win the Tour.

LOL, :D, just add rivalry with Contador to the mix and Kazak sponsors and McQuaid, etc.

Not sure if Menchov is going to Tour, but looking forward to see how an A. Schleck or a Contador cope/deal with a much stronger Menchov than before, and vice versa.
 
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Parrot23 said:
LOL, :D, just add rivalry with Contador to the mix and Kazak sponsors and McQuaid, etc.

LOL

Back on topic. Can Cunego find some form today?
I feel bad for the guy, I wish for him to take the stage.
 
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Ha, ha, Gilbert buried himself, and Voeckler. Good for them :D Gilbert's form in accerating on a hill standing on the pedals is silky smooth, powerful.

Definitely looks like Lance is saving his legs for tomorrow, coasting in.
 
Great move by Gilbert! Once I saw the Silence and Bougouyes jerseys go I knew it was over for Di Luca. Gilbert and Voeckler w/ under 1 km are a tough pair to bring back. Especially since they were riding alone, essentially, since Gilbert had him gapped the whole time, and the group STILL couldn't bring them back.

Awesome finish! Silence isn't paying Gilbert enough. ;)
 
Parrot23 said:
Not sure if Menchov is going to Tour, but looking forward to see how an A. Schleck or a Contador cope/deal with a much stronger Menchov than before, and vice versa.

He is definitely going. Rabobank wants to field a contender for the win. Gesink is Rabobank's only other rider that could compete for the podium (he was 7th in the 2008 Vuelta), but he is too young to lead the team. I expect Gesink to ride for Menchov (which would give Menchov a very strong domestique).
 
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Aapjes said:
He is definitely going. Rabobank wants to field a contender for the win. Gesink is Rabobank's only other rider that could compete for the podium (he was 7th in the 2008 Vuelta), but he is too young to lead the team. I expect Gesink to ride for Menchov (which would give Menchov a very strong domestique).

Okay, thanks for that.

I've read Gesink has some really good power/weight numbers, so he's a "sleeper", as they say in English, meaning big potential.

Think he did really well at Paris-Nice two years ago (just lost out on a downhill, LOL, :D vs. more experienced descenders, I think). Also beat Levi L. on a hilly stage in Tour of California two years ago.

May help Rabo given the loss of Dekker's support.
 
Parrot23 said:
Okay, thanks for that.

I've read Gesink has some really good power/weight numbers, so he's a "sleeper", as they say in English, meaning big potential.

Think he did really well at Paris-Nice two years ago (just lost out on a downhill, LOL, :D vs. more experienced descenders, I think). Also beat Levi L. on a hilly stage in Tour of California two years ago.

May help Rabo given the loss of Dekker's support.

Rabobank is planning on making him their next GT point man (when Menchov retires/leaves). He is much better mentally than Dekker, so he should be capable of taking the responsibility. However, they want to bring him slowly. The down-hill problems at Paris-Nice nicely illustrate that he has a few basics to learn still. He should be able to contend for the white jersey in the Tour, I think. Perhaps even a Gerdemann-like stage win, since the main contenders may let him go easily.
 
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Fantastic finish by Gilbert, this is the kind of thing that makes him so damn awesome and such an attractive rider. Everybody pretty much expected Di Luca and Menchov to battle it out for the seconds, but Gilbert simply says "**** it", and goes for the win. And how! I'm really glad he finally got his well earned and deserved big win this season. Di Luca on the other hand, didn't look particulary happy while crossing the finish line :p
 
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kjetilraknerud said:
The break has about 3 minutes, so they probably won't make it.
Many teams in front of the peloton, for example Columbia. They must think Hagen can do something in todays finish.

I'm watching out for Philip Gilbert today, the finale should suit him well.

Color me impressed.

I was out on a ride and told my friends to watch out for him. Got a call from one of them "Big Phil did it!"

:eek:

I should have bought a lottery ticket